Sensory Loss and Other Disabilities

Many people with a sight and/or hearing loss live with other disabilities or health conditions.

78% of people with a sight loss also have another health condition they are getting treatment for.

People with a learning disability are ten times more likely to have a sensory loss than people who do not have a learning disability.

As people get older many will develop dementia and a sensory loss.

Because people with a learning disability or who have dementia may find it more difficult to explain what they are experiencing in terms of a sight loss or a hearing loss, the sensory loss may get missed. Behaviour that is caused by a sight loss or hearing loss can be mistaken for the learning disability or dementia, and diagnosis, treatment and support for the sight and/or hearing loss is not sought.


Research suggests that addressing someone’s needs with regards to their sight loss and/or hearing loss can help the person manage better day to day and to feel more able to participate in day to day activities.


Visual impairment is also associated with particular conditions for example Multiple Sclerosis.  For more information about how Multiple Sclerosis affects vision visit the MS Society.